Are Liverpool preparing for life without Steven Gerrard?

There has been growing speculation this week that Steven Gerrard is on his way out of Liverpool this summer with several papers claiming the England midfielder has grown fed-up with life at Anfield.

The England midfielder has been strongly linked with moves to several of Europe’s biggest clubs in recent days including Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

With no Champions League football for Liverpool next season, many, including myself, believe it will be hard for Rafa Benitez to keep his captain at the club beyond this summer.

If I had to put my money on where Gerrard will be playing his football next season, I would have to say Real Madrid. With Jose Mourinho now virtually the new manager at the Bernabeu, I reckon the former Chelsea boss will be keen to make the 29-year old his first signing with Los Blancos.

So if Gerrard is to leave Liverpool this summer, there is no doubt that Benitez will need to go out and sign a new midfielder to try and fill the void. There is talk today that Gareth Barry, a player who nearly signed for Liverpool last summer before joining Manchester City, may be back on the club’s shopping list for this summer.

Barry, 29, had a fairly average first season at Eastlands but it is widely expected that Roberto Mancini will add to his midfield options this summer which raises question marks regarding the former Aston Villa man’s long-term future at the club.

With James Milner tipped to arrive at City later this summer, the world’s richest club may well listen to offers for Barry and with Rafa Benitez a known admirer, who knows, maybe Barry will be wearing the red of Liverpool next season.

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